Sexual harassment in the fashion industry is no secret. It’s been around for decades and has only recently started to get more attention- most likely due to celebrities speaking out about their experiences with sexual abuse. Below, we will explore some of the reasons why sexual harassment is so prevalent in the fashion industry – including how it affects people who work there and what can be done to stop it.
Reasons why sexual harassment is rampant in the fashion industry?
Many people in the fashion industry are very young and naive to the world. They don’t know how to stand up for themselves or address sexual harassment if it occurs.
Many people in the fashion industry feel that sexual abuse is just part of their job or that they have to ‘tough it out’ due to how competitive the field is.
People in the fashion industry may not know where to go or who to trust if they experience sexual harassment. Some people in fashion may not know where or how they can report incidents of sexual harassment, which prevents them from addressing it.
Fashion models fear that speaking out about their experiences with sexual abuse will harm their career or prevent them from getting jobs, and this prevents them from reporting it. Some fashion models feel that they can’t speak out about their experiences with sexual abuse due to fear of not getting jobs, being labeled as ‘difficult’ and not getting booked for work.
People in the fashion industry are often young and may not initially realize that sexual harassment is unacceptable.
People who work in fashion have to deal with a lot of pressure online – especially models. This can lead to a culture of silence because speaking out will lead to negative comments and increased pressure.
How does this affect those who work in the fashion industry?
People who work in fashion may experience mental health implications due to sexual harassment, including high rates of anxiety and depression.
Sexual harassment can lead people working in fashion to feel like they are not respected or valued by their employers.
People who work in fashion may feel like they can’t speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment due to fear of not getting jobs.
Models who experience sexual abuse may leave modeling early because it can be a challenging and triggering job.
People who work in fashion often have to deal with sexual harassment from those they are working for, leading them to feel like their career is determined by how people treat them instead of how good of a model they are.
What can we do about it?
Fashion industry leaders should make their employees aware of what types of behavior are unacceptable and report sexual harassment.
People who work in fashion can speak out about their experiences with sexual abuse, even if it may be difficult for them to do so. They can also reach out to organizations for help in reporting their experiences with sexual abuse.
Fashion industry leaders should provide a workplace that is free of sexual harassment and where people feel respected.
People in fashion can contact organizations like #MeToo when they need help speaking out about their experiences with sexual abuse or filing a report.
Sexual harassment is unacceptable, and people who work in fashion deserve to feel respected at their jobs. By reporting people who sexually abuse others, we can help prevent this kind of behavior from occurring and make the industry a safer one for everyone involved – including those who are working, looking for work, and those who consume fashion.
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